Violence against women in politics
[November 11th 2016]
In preparation for the "Regional Dialogue: The role of electoral institutions in combating political violence against women" (November 16th and 17th, Mexico City) CIM has published a fact sheet on violence against women in politics and the Declaration on this issue that was adopted by the Conference of States Party to the Belém do Pará Convention in 2015.
Fact Sheet in English or Spanish
"Declaration on Political Harassment and Violence Against Women" in English or Spanish
Agenda of the "Regional Dialogue: The role of electoral institutions in combating political violence against women" (available only in Spanish)
Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Motherhood in the Americas
[November 1st 2016]
In the framework of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women, the CIM will organize an international forum on Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Motherhood in the Americas, with a view to identifying gaps in our knowledge of these issues and establishing concrete legislative and public policy reform recommendations.
The forum will take place on November 29th 2016 at OAS Headquarters. To register, visit Eventbrite
Download the agenda in English or Spanish
Follow the live Webcast
Using ICTs to Prevent and Eradicate Violence against Women
The Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) has published the list of proposals accepted to the Competition on the Use of ICTs to Prevent and Eradicate Violence against Women. The proposals are being considered by an Evaluating Committee and the top three proposals will be announced and awarded a prize during the 30th Meeting of the Permanent Consultative Committee I of the CITEL in early 2017.
Download the full list of proposals under consideration (in Spanish only)
Virtual Course “Gender Equality and Rights Perspective in Policies, Programs and Projects"
From October 19th to December 21st 2016, the CIM in collaboration with the Educational Portal of the Americas will offer the 8th edition of this course, in Spanish only, with a view to contributing to strengthening the capacities of people from various types of institutions to integrate a gender and rights perspective in the design, formulation, imlementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs and projects in different sectors.
The deadline to register is October 13th 2016, on the Portal's Website (in Spanish only)
Virtual Course “Gender-Based Strategic Planning"
The CIM, in collaboration with the Educational Portal of the Americas, launches the 1st edition of this virtual course, in Spanish, in order to provide participants with a set of tools to support organizational gender mainstreaming, through planning that considers the gendered impacts of actions.
Classes begin on August 10th and more information can be found (in Spanish) on the Portal's Website
Exchange of Good Practices: Challenges in the Elimination of Violence against Women:
This Regional Dialogue will be held on July 26 and 27, 2016, in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, as a follow up to former forums on good practices in gender, justice and violence, organized by the CIM in Buenos Aires (2013), Pachuca (2014) and Medellin (2015). The event is based on the importance of creating opportunities for cooperation, understanding and exchange of best practices and lessons learned with a view to achieving women’s right to live a life free from violence.
The CIM invites reflection on progress in the recognition of women's rights at the 46th OAS General Assembly
The Executive Secretary of the CIM, Carmen Moreno, participated on behalf of the President of the CIM, Minister Marcela Huaita, at the 46th OAS General Assembly held on June 13-15 in Dominican Republic. The Executive Secretary delivered 3 reports on the work of the Commission and referred to the new Strategic Plan of the CIM for 2016-2021, which seeks to build on the progress made in the implementation of the previous Plan in order to maximize limited resources and focus on fundraising for specific activities.
Remarks by the Executive Secretary
Women Foreign Ministers of the Americas Meeting: Prospects for women’s empowerment in the Americas
Held on June 14th in Dominican Republic, in the framework of the 46th OAS General Assembly, the meeting sought to materialize the commitment to inclusion, empowerment and advancement of women as priority issues on the regional agenda. Specific actions were also identified so that each Minister, within their competence, and in a joint manner help advance strategic issues.
Remarks by Carmen Moreno.
Ministers of the region adopt the Lima Declaration to promote women's equality and economic autonomy
After having discussed and reflected for two days, the Ministers of Women of OAS Member States who participated in the XXXVII Assembly of Delegates of the CIM adopted the Lima Declaration, a document that urges countries to promote equality and women's economic empowerment. States are responsible to ensure equality and autonomy in the exercise of the economic rights of women, improve working conditions for women; give unpaid work visibility and value in the economy and adopt measures to consider care as a shared social responsibility of the state, the private sector, as well as men and women.
Full text of the Lima Declaration
Competition to Identify Promising Practices in Addressing HIV from a Gender, Human Rights and Diversity Perspective in Latin America and the Caribbean
The identification and dissemination of practices and approaches that have shown positive changes in the promotion, protection and exercise of the rights of diverse women living with HIV is key to strengthening available evidence on the initiatives that work best, and to transferring and exchanging knowledge and learning. In this context, the CIM /OAS, UNAIDS, IPPF and DVCN are launching this competition to identify "Promising Practices in Addressing HIV from a Gender, Human Rights and Diversity Perspective in Latin America and the Caribbean".
Call for Awards "ICT to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women"br />
nformation and communication technologies (ICTs) have proven to be tools that contribute to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, and to help prevent and eradicate violence against them. In this context, the CIM and the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) offer this Award to recognize those initiatives and examples of leadership in the region of the Americas that use ICTs to contribute to the prevention and eradication of violence against women.
Call for awards
Advances in condemning crimes of sexual and domestic slavery
The CIM/MESECVI applauds the ruling of the Court of Increased Risk of Guatemala by which former military members responsible for crimes against humanity were condemned during the internal armed conflict, in the case known as "Sepur Zarco" as perpetrators of murder, enforced disappearance and sexual and domestic slavery. This is the first sentence in condemning crimes of sexual slavery in armed conflict in a country where the acts were committed. This constitutes a significant advance in the search for justice for women victims of sexual violence in armed conflict and the eradication of impunity
Gender, Peace and Security in the Americas
The Principality of Liechtenstein, the CIM and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) are jointly organizing a policy roundtable discussion on March 17 at 9:00 am in the OAS Hall of the Americas. The discussion will focus on identifying concrete policy and programmatic entry points for building and strengthening a gender, peace and security agenda in the Americas. The session will also feature the launch of the Gender and Security Sector Reform Toolkit in Spanish, an initiative led by DCAF and UN Women.
Zero Discrimination Day: Human rights of women living with HIV in the Americas
On Zero Discrimination Day, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS is pleased to launch a new report entitled "Human rights of women living with HIV in the Americas" developed by the CIM and UNAIDS, with the collaboration of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS. The Report seeks to identify advances in and challenges to the protection and exercise of the human rights of all of the diverse women living with HIV, as well as to promote the development of regional and national strategies for the promotion, protection and realization of these rights.
New Gender-Based Violence Report on the Bahamas
As part of strengthening the national effort to find effective strategies to end gender-based violence (GBV) in the Bahamas, the Bahamas' National Task Force on Gender Violence prepared a study on GBV in the Bahamas, which it delivered to the government on February 15th, 2016. Two of the recommendations of the GBV Report include setting up a Department of Family and Gender Affairs – the Bahamas currently has a Women’s Bureau. The Report also recommends establishing a GBV Authority as a statutory body made up of members from the private and public sectors members to facilitate the implementation of the GBV Strategic Plan.
International Women's Day: Signing ceremony of the OAS Gender Policy
On March 7 at 9:30 in the Hall of Heroes OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro will sign an Executive Order to implement the Institutional Policy on Gender Equality , Diversity and Human Rights of the OAS. The policy aims to move towards an organizational change that institutionalizes a gender equality and human rights vision into OAS policies, programs, projects and practices. The policy also seeks to transform OAS culture and organizational structure through the adoption of measures whose compliance will be monitored and evaluated in a continued and systematic way.
International Women's Day Event: Breaking Barriers to Justice: Ending Violence against Women in the Americas
The CIM and the Permanents Missions of the United States and Canada to the OAS are organizing an event in the framework of Women's International Day. The objective is to identify existing challenges to eliminate violence against women and improve access to justice from a diversity and human rights approach.
Virtual Course “A rights-based and gender equality approach to policies, programs and projects ” Seventh Edition
Offered by the CIM, with the support of the Educational Portal of the Americas, this virtual course will be offered from March 23 to May 25, 2016. The course, offered only in Spanish, aims to strengthen the capacity of individuals and institutions to integrate a rights-based and gender equality approach into policy design, implementation and monitoring.
For more information, please click here
Round-table discussion: Women, Drug Policies and Incarceration
CIM and WOLA are organizing a discussion on women and drugs to be held on February 2, 2016 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the OAS Hall of the Americas. The objective is to present a guide on the adoption, review and application of policy reform for drug related crimes committed by women.
Agenda in English
Agenda in Spanish
Peru will host the XXXVII Assembly of Delegates of the CIM
From 24th to 25th May 2016, the XXXVII Assembly of Delegates of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) will be held in Lima, with the support of the Government of Peru, through the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Every three years, the Assembly of Delegates of the CIM brings together the Ministers and High Authorities from the 34 OAS Member States, charged with the promotion of women's rights and gender equality, in order to analyze and discuss issues of concern, set the CIM Work Program (2016-2018) and identify priorities for coordination between the CIM, the OAS and other agencies at national, regional and international levels.
December 10 Campaign: “More Rights for More Women”
The CIM is launching this campaign to promote and strengthen initiatives and actions in the region designed to contribute to women’s full exercise of their human rights. The #MoreRightsforMoreWomen Campaign is conducted through social media and focuses on the dissemination of content, images, videos and news stories concerning actions undertaken by different social actors intended to expand and strengthen the effective exercise of women’s rights in the political, economic and social spheres of the Americas. Join us!
Message of the Secretary General of the OAS on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, November 25th 2015
OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, called for action to establish a new paradigm in which men and women can live in conditions of equality and justice without violence.
Belém do Pará Portal
[November 23rd ]
In the framework of November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS, encourages you to visit the Belém do Pará Portal of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women (Belém do Pará Convention): www.belemdopara.org/en/, a digital platform that provides information on the progress and challenges to violence against women, including good practices and lessons learned to advance towards the full realization of women’s rights to a life free from violence.
OAS and Loyola University of Chicago School of Law enter into a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the Rule of Law in the Americas
On November 19th, the OAS General Secretariat, through CIM, and Loyola University of Chicago School of Law entered into aMemorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the Rule of Law in the Americas. This MOU seeks to provide the region with a core group of highly trained professionals who share our commitment to the Rule of Law and to ensuring that human rights become a lived reality for the peoples of the Americas.